Hire Women


Diverse teams are more effective and get more done than homogenous ones. Yet, despite decades of effort, many tech teams are failing at hiring and retaining women. The reason: we’re looking in the wrong place. Hiring women doesn’t start with recruiting. It starts with creating a work environment that’s safe and equal for all.

By reading this book, you will learn an agile, iterative framework for hiring and retaining women that’s practical and easy to use for any team, big or small. Written by Debbie Madden, CEO and founder of Stride Consulting, two-time Inc 500 CEO and serial tech entrepreneur, this book draws on Debbie’s decades of experience hiring and retaining women. At Stride Consulting, a leading Agile software development consultancy, Debbie and her team increased the number of women in the company by 267% in ten months, simply by using the methods she shares in this book.

Whether you are a hiring manager, software engineer, product manager, technical recruiter, or technology executive, you’ll find the exercises in this book practical and effective. "Debbie Madden has cracked the code on hiring and retaining women. This book is a must-read for anyone serious about diversity and inclusion." —Verne Harnish, Founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

Speaking Engagements

Debbie speaks frequently at conferences and events including hiring and retaining women, how to scale a team without failing, team communication, and diversity and inclusion in tech, and agile best practices for non-techies.

If you have a topic in mind, you can contact Debbie via the form. Debbie customizes and tailors her talks with specific messages that resonate with each audience.

Her schedule often fills quickly. If you have an event you’d like me to speak at, please contact her as soon as possible.

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Debbie Madden

Hire Women: An Agile Framework For Hiring and Retaining Women in Technology was written by Debbie Madden, CEO, and Founder of Stride Consulting, an Agile software development consultancy in NYC. Debbie has over 20 years of experience in the tech industry and is passionate about helping businesses improve through software. As CEO, Debbie has unparalleled leadership experience in the technology space, building five companies from the ground up prior to founding Stride.

With a reputation as a passionate woman executive in technology, Debbie is a sought-after writer and speaker discussing diversity & inclusion, hiring technology leaders, and defending women in the workplace. She has appeared in popular media outlets such as Inc., Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.